Bhubaneswar, Aug 5
To ensure efficiency in rescue operations during natural disasters, the Odisha government has decided to set up a Disaster Management Training Institute in the state.
The decision was taken at a meeting of the Odisha Disaster Management Authority (OSDMA) presided over by chief minister Naveen Patnaik at the State Secretariat here Tuesday.
It was decided in the meeting that the Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force (ODRAF) and Fire Service personnel would be trained on relief and rescue operation during natural disasters like flood, cyclone and earthquake with special emphasis on planning, preparedness and prevention.
“To strengthen the existing ODRAF and Fire Service and expedite relief and rescue operations, NCC and NSS cadets across the state would also be trained to help the ODRAF units in respective districts,” Special Relief Commissioner PK Mohapatra told reporters after the meeting.
Mohapatra said nearly 1000 high school students would also be trained on flood response and safety.